Guerrilla Games showcased 14 minutes of Horizon Forbidden West gameplay during PlayStation’s State of Play livestream. Unfortunately, a release date for this sequel was not announced. However, narrative director Ben McCaw said that “development is on track and we’ll have an update for you very soon.”
The gameplay video shows Aloy embark on a journey to save Erend Vanguardsman, the captain of the Carja Sun-King Avad’s Vanguard, who’s been captured by rival raiders. Throughout the video, we caught glimpses of changes made to Forbidden West. This includes new equipment like a grappling hook and holographic wing glider. You can see the full gameplay video below.
Three features that stand out in Forbidden West are the the Pullcaster, Shieldwing, and Diving Mask. The Pullcaster is a grappling hook which speeds up travel and can be used on fixed, yellow-marked points. The Shieldwing is another traversing tool, giving Aloy the ability to parachute away or right into danger (similar to Breath of the Wild). Finally, the Diving Mask–the most obvious of the three–allows Aloy to swim indefinitely underwater.
A smoke bomb was also seen as a tool for escape, indicating that players could potentially have a variety of defensive strategies.
The gameplay footage also showed how combat has been altered, appearing more fluid and using more melee than before. Players can take all of Aloy’s weapons to a workbench, where they can be outfitted with numerous upgrades that can make them more effective. There are also more combos for players to learn and even mechanical elephants to fight/override.
McCaw posted an article on the PlayStation Blog highlighting what was shown during the livestream. This includes the name of the enemy raiders (a rebel tribe called Tenakth who can override machines), upgrades to Aloy’s focus that shows climbable areas, and plethora of new enemies.